(Fictional character)
(Fictional character)
Jerry Siegel
(Movies & TV)
Clark Kent
(Fictional character)
Joe Shuster
(Visual Arts)

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Knowledge Identifier: $Superman



Superhero persona of a fictional character that appears in comic books published by DC Comics, and is considered an American cultural icon add

Category: Movies & TV (150)

Launched in 1950.

Countries: United States (69%), United Kingdom (10%), (6%)

Main connections: Man of Steel (film), Batman, Jor-El

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The 1950s saw the launching of "Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen" and "Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane" add something


In 1951 came the television series "Adventures of Superman" starring George Reeves add something


Frank Reicher - His last Hollywood role was in the very first theatrical Superman movie, "Superman and the Mole Men", in 1951


Walter Reed (actor) - Reed appeared in the very first Superman theatrical feature film Superman and the Mole Men in 1951


Clark Kent - Reeves, who first appeared as the character in the 1951 film "Superman and the Mole Men", was older than subsequent Superman actors


Kirk Alyn - When Superman moved to television in 1951, Alyn was reportedly offered the part, but turned it down


George Reeves - In June 1951, Reeves was offered the role of Superman in a new television series titled "Adventures of Superman"


Jor-El - Jor-El was played by Robert Rockwell in "Superman on Earth," the first episode of the 1952 television series "Adventures of Superman"


Ellsworth's code, however, is not to be confused with "the Comics Code," which was created in 1954 by the Comics Code Authority and ultimately abandoned by every major comic book publisher by the early 21st century add something


Batman - Batman meets and regularly works with other heroes during the Silver Age, most notably Superman, whom he began regularly working alongside in a series of team-ups in "World's Finest Comics", starting in 1954 and continuing through the series' cancellation in 1986


In 1956 Daffy Duck assumes the mantle of "Cluck Trent" in the short "Stupor Duck", a role later reprised in various issues of the "Looney Tunes" comic book add something


Madge Blake - Blake appeared in a memorable episode of "I Love Lucy" in 1957 with George Reeves guest-starring as Superman and in an earlier episode as store clerk, Mrs. Mulford


George Reeves - In 1957, the producers considered a theatrical film, "Superman and the Secret Planet"


In addition to these, the Bizarro character created in 1958 is a weird, imperfect duplicate of Superman add something


Leonore Lemmon - The couple were to be married in Mexico on June 19, 1959, honeymoon in Spain and go to Australia for public appearances as Superman


Both the multiverse established by the publishers in the 1960s and the Elseworlds line of comics established in 1989 have allowed writers to introduce variations on Superman add something


The 1960s saw the introduction of a second Superman add something


Jor-El - After the introduction of DC Comics' multiverse system in the 1960s, it was established that the version of Superman's father during the Golden Age of Comic Books was named "Jor-L", and he lived on the Krypton of the Earth-Two universe


Paul Kupperberg - He is writing "Captain Action Classified", a new quarterly from Moonstone Books featuring the 1960s adventures of the original Captain Action, as well children's books based on Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman for Stone Arch Books, and numerous color and activity books based on DreamWorks properties for Dalmatian Press


Alan Moore - Instead of emphasising increased realism as he had done with earlier superhero comics he had taken over, Moore did the opposite, and began basing the series on the Silver Age Superman comics of the 1960s, introducing a female superhero Suprema, a super-dog Radar, and a Kryptonite-like material known as Supremium, in doing so harking back to the original "mythic" figure of the American superhero


Batman - A yellow ellipse around the bat logo on the character's chest was added in 1964, and became the hero's trademark symbol, akin to the red and yellow "S" symbol of Superman


E. Nelson Bridwell - After writing a few stories for "Mad" and for "Katy Keene", Bridwell began working for DC Comics in 1965 as an assistant to editor Mort Weisinger, "on the Superman titles, eventually becoming an editor himself


Also in 1966, Superman starred in the first of several animated television series "The New Adventures of Superman" add something


Joe Shuster - In 1967, when the Superman copyright came up for renewal, Siegel launched a second lawsuit, which proved unsuccessful


Although typically a newspaper reporter, during the 1970s the character left the "Daily Planet" for a time to work for television, whilst the 1980s revamp by John Byrne saw the character become somewhat more aggressive add something


By the 1970s, Superman was appearing in numerous DC Comics add something


In comics published between the early 1970s and early 1990s, his age was usually cited as 29 years old add something


Dorothy Woolfolk - After raising children Donald and Donna, the latter of whom would become an author, Woolfolk briefly returned to comics in the 1970s, editing "Wonder Woman", "Supergirl", "Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane", "Young Romance", and other DC superhero and romance titles from 1971 to 1974


Batman - In the late 1970s, when Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster began receiving a "created by" credit on the Superman titles, along with William Moulton Marston being given the byline for creating Wonder Woman, Batman stories began saying "Created by Bob Kane" in addition to the other credits


Dick Giordano - Throughout the late 1970s and the 1980s, Andru and Giordano were DC's primary cover artists, providing cover artwork for the Superman titles as well as covers for many of the other comics in the DC line at that time


Writing in "Time" in 1971, Gerald Clarke stated: "Superman's enormous popularity might be looked upon as signalling the beginning of the end for the Horatio Alger myth of the self-made man add something


Kirk Alyn - In 1971, he published an autobiography entitled "A Job for Superman"


Ramona Fradon - In 1972, she returned to DC, with assignments drawing "Superman", "Batman", and "Plastic Man"


However, this time a clause was inserted into the extension to allow authors to reclaim their work, reflecting the arguments Siegel and Shuster had made in 1973 add something


The pair again lost this battle, both in a district court ruling of October 18, 1973 and an appeal court ruling of December 5, 1974 add something


Ilya Salkind - Ilya and Alexander, along with producing partner Pierre Spengler, purchased the film rights to the Superman property in August 1974


The new act took effect in 1978 and allowed a reclamation window in a period based on the previous copyright term of 56 years add something


The year after this settlement, 1976, the copyright term was extended again, this time for another 19 years for a total of 75 years add something


Gaspar Saladino - In 1976, perhaps reflecting his experience with both companies, Saladino was assigned the job of lettering the historic DC-Marvel crossover book "Superman vs. the Amazing Spider-Man"


Superman returned to movie theaters in 1978 with director Richard Donner's "Superman", starring Christopher Reeve, which spawned three sequels add something


Kirk Alyn - Alyn shared a very short cameo with his serial co-star, Noel Neill, as the parents of the young Lois Lane in the 1978 feature film, "Superman"


Marlon Brando - Brando portrayed Superman's father Jor-El in the 1978 film Superman.


Alfred Bester - It is alleged during this period that the producer of the 1978 "Superman" movie sent his son off to search for a writer


Christopher Reeve - Reeve's first role after 1978's "Superman" was as Richard Collier in the 1980 romantic fantasy "Somewhere in Time"


Sarah Douglas - She is perhaps best known for playing the Kryptonian supervillain Ursa in the first two "Superman" films , and for her role as Pamela Lynch in the 1980s primetime drama series "Falcon Crest"


Christopher Reeve - The scenes of Reeve and Welling feature music cues from the 1978 "Superman" movie, composed by John Williams and arranged by Mark Snow


Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez - "DC Comics Presents", a team-up title starring Superman was launched in 1978 by writer Martin Pasko and García-López


In the United States, "Saturday Night Live" has often parodied the figure, with Margot Kidder reprising her role as Lois Lane in a 1979 episode add something


Television series featuring Superman and Superboy would debut in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s add something


The 1980s saw radical revisions of the character add something


The locale and the hero's civilian names were inspired by the movies, Shuster said in 1983 add something


Christopher Reeve - "Superman III", released in 1983, was filmed entirely by Lester


Christopher Reeve - Superman_(film) - Also in 1985, DC Comics named Reeve as one of the honorees in the company's 50th anniversary publication "Fifty Who Made DC Great" for his work on the Superman film series


Alan Moore - He was eventually given the chance to write a story for one of DC's best known superheroes, Superman, entitled "For the Man Who Has Everything", which was illustrated by Dave Gibbons and released in 1985


In 1986, DC relaunched Superman under writer and artist John Byrne, initially in a six-issue weekly series "The Man of Steel" add something


The most significant attempt, John Byrne's 1986 rewrite, established several hard limits on his abilities: He barely survives a nuclear blast, and his space flights are limited by how long he can hold his breath add something


Mike Carlin - Carlin moved to DC in 1986, where he became Superman group editor


E. Nelson Bridwell - Dubbed "Kryptonese", Bridwell established the 118-character alphabet, which was used by DC until John Byrne's 1986 "reboot" of the Superman universe


John Byrne (comics) - It's basically Siegel and Shuster's Superman meets the Fleischer Superman in 1986


Christopher Reeve - After "Superman IV" in 1987, Reeve's relationship with Exton fell apart, and they separated


Kirk Alyn - In 1988 he participated in the 1988 TV Special "Superman 50th Anniversary Special" as himself


Jor-El - In the 1988 animated series "Superman", the Man of Steel mentions that his father Jor-El was the creator of the Phantom Zone, which holds General Zod and his two Kryptonian companions


Ilya Salkind - The Salkinds returned to the Superman mythology again in 1988, this time as a TV series, with "Superboy", starring John Haymes Newton in the title role during its first year, Gerard Christopher as the Boy of Steel for the remainder of the show's existence, and Stacy Haiduk as Lana Lang, lasted four seasons, running for 100 episodes


Jerry Ordway - During the 50th anniversary celebrations for Superman, he inked John Byrne's pencils for the cover of the March 14, 1988 issue of "Time" magazine and an interior spread celebrating the Man of Steel's anniversary


John Byrne (comics) - He supplied the cover art for the March 14, 1988 issue of "Time" magazine and an interior spread which featured Superman, where his pencils were inked by Jerry Ordway


John Byrne (comics) - In 1989, after leaving "Superman", Byrne returned to work on a number of titles for Marvel Comics


Javier Bardem - In 1989, for the Spanish comedy show "El Día Por Delante" , he had to wear a Superman costume for a comedic sketch, a job that made him question whether he wanted to be an actor at all


Mike Collins (comics) - Through the 1990s, he worked primarily for DC Comics on their key titles - "Batman", "Superman", "Flash", "Teen Titans", "Wonder Woman" and the "Justice League"


Crash Test Dummies' "Superman's Song", from the 1991 album "The Ghosts That Haunt Me" explores the isolation and commitment inherent in Superman's life add something


Jerry Ordway - While writing for the Superman family of titles, Ordway cowrote such storylines as "Panic in the Sky" and "The Death of Superman" storyline in 1992


Although Joe Shuster died in July 1992, no termination was filed at that time by his estate add something


Jerry Ordway - After seven years working on the character, Ordway largely left the Superman titles in 1993, although he would make frequent returns to the character as writer and artist throughout his career


Batman - In 1993, DC published both "The Death of Superman" storyline and "Knightfall"


Dorothy Woolfolk - Woolfolk told the Florida newspaper "Today" in August 1993 that she had found Superman's invulnerability dull, and that DC's flagship hero might be more interesting with an Achilles' heel such as adverse reactions to a fragment of his home planet


However, during "The Death of Superman" storyline, Clark's age was given as 34 years old , while 1994's "Zero Hour" timeline established his age as 35 add something


This meant the copyright on Superman could be reclaimed between 1994 to 1999, based on the initial publication date of 1938 add something


Superman marries Lois Lane in 1996 add something


Jerry Siegel having died in January 1996, his wife and daughter filed a copyright termination notice in 1999 add something


Jerry Seinfeld, a noted Superman fan, filled his series "Seinfeld" with references to the character and in 1997 asked for Superman to co-star with him in a commercial for American Express add something


The commercial aired during the 1998 NFL Playoffs and Super Bowl, Superman animated in the style of artist Curt Swan, again at the request of Seinfeld add something


Sal Buscema - From 1997 to 1999, Buscema did a small amount of work for rival DC Comics, including penciling Batman, Superman, and Superboy stories, and inking Creeper, Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman and other characters' stories


In 1998, the copyright was extended again with the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act add something


One of the most notorious examples is the 1999 game for the Nintendo 64, simply titled "Superman" , which is largely considered to be one of the worst games of all time add something


The ruling does not affect the International rights, which Time Warner holds on the character through DC. Issues regarding the amount of monies owed Siegel's estate and whether the claim the estate has extends to derivative works such as movie versions will be settled at trial, although any compensation would be owed only from works published since 1999 add something


Mike Kelley (artist) - Begun in 1999, the Kandor project deals with the town of Kandor, on the planet Krypton from which the child Kal-El escaped to Earth, where he became Superman.


Lyons Maid - Examples include a tie-in with "Space 1999" with free cards of episodes inside the wrapper, "Star Wars" with free masks of major characters and film facts on the wrappers, "The Bionic Man" TV series, "Superman" and even a Goal lolly with lolly sticks containing famous footballers of the day


Joanne Siegel - She filed a lawsuit in 1999 seeking partial ownership of the Superman character


Five for Fighting released "Superman " in 2000, which is from Superman's point of view, although Superman is never mentioned by name add something


Arthur Adams (comics) - Throughout the 2000s, Adams provided cover images for various DC Comics, such as "Superman", "Batman" and "


Annette O'Toole - In October 2001, 18 years after portraying Lana Lang in a feature film , she returned to the Superman "mythos" in the role of Martha Kent, Superman's adoptive mother, in the television series "Smallville"


A similar termination-of-copyright notice filed in 2002 by Siegel's wife and daughter concerning the Superboy character was ruled on in their favor on March 23, 2006 add something


In 2003, DC began to publish a new series featuring the two characters titled "Superman/Batman" add something


Brian Azzarello - In 2003, upon being assigned to write both the "Batman" and "Superman" titles, Azzarello told the "Chicago Tribune", "DC is giving me the keys to both cars in the garage, the Mazerati and the Ferrari


"Superman: President Lex", NY:DC Comics, July 1, 2003 add something


In January 2004 Mark Peary, nephew and legal heir to Joe Shuster's estate, filed notice of his intent to reclaim Shuster's half of the copyright, the termination effective in 2013 add something


Jennifer Schwalbach Smith - In January 2004, Schwalbach Smith appeared partially nude, with a Superman look-alike, for "Playboy" Magazine's 50th Anniversary Issue, in a photograph taken by her husband


Warner Bros. and the Siegels entered into discussions on how to resolve the issues raised by the termination notice, but these discussions were set aside by the Siegels and in October 2004 they filed suit alleging copyright infringement on the part of Warner Bros. add something


Chad Fortune - In 2005, Fortune got the call up to drive the newly created Superman truck


James Marsters - In late 2005, Marsters appeared on the television series "Smallville" playing Dr. Milton Fine — the popular "Superman" villain "Brainiac" — in eight episodes throughout the show's fifth season


John Byrne (comics) - This approach to Kent's path to becoming Superman was later used in the action-adventure series "Smallville" on the WB Television Network and in the 2005 novel "It's Superman" by Tom De Haven


Bryan Singer - "Superman Returns" was filmed in Australia in 2005, and was released on June 28, 2006


Brandon Routh - Filming for "Superman Returns" began in Sydney in February 2005


Sufjan Stevens - Though slated for general release on July 5, 2005, the album was briefly delayed by legal issues regarding the use of Superman in the original album cover artwork


In 2006, Bryan Singer directed the feature "Superman Returns", and in 2013, director Zack Snyder rebooted the film franchise with "Man of Steel"," "with an expected sequel to feature Batman add something


US District Court judge Stephen G. Larson said Warner Bros. and DC Comics have fulfilled their obligations to the Siegels under a profit-sharing agreement for the 2006 movie "Superman Returns" and the CW series "Smallville" add something


Brandon Routh - At the 2006 Spike TV *awards, Routh won the *award of "Best Superhero" as Superman in "Superman Returns", beating out among others, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine


Jon Peters - He subsequently served as producer for "Superman Returns", the 2006 movie directed by Bryan Singer and as executive producer for "Man of Steel", the 2013 movie directed by Zack Snyder


Geoff Johns - In 2006, Johns reunited with Richard Donner on the Superman title "Action Comics", with Donner co-plotting the series with his former assistant


Eva Marie Saint - In 2006, Saint appeared in "Superman Returns", as Martha Kent, the adoptive mother of Superman, alongside Brandon Routh, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, and a computer-generated performance from her "On The Waterfront" co-star Marlon Brando


Brandon Routh - In 2006, he gained greater recognition for his role as the titular hero of the 2006 film "Superman Returns"


Christian Horner - In 2006, he jumped into a swimming pool wearing nothing but a "Superman" cape to celebrate the team's first podium finish at the 2006 Monaco Grand Prix


Jor-El - In 2006, two years after Brando died, he "reprised" the role of Jor-El in "Superman Returns" through the harvesting of archived video footage and sound clip outtakes


Laurence Fishburne - Jackie Cooper played White in the Christopher Reeve era Superman films, and Frank Langella took on the role in director Bryan Singer's Superman Returns in 2006


Marlon Brando - Two years after Brando's death, he "reprised" the role of Jor-El in the 2006 "loose sequel" "Superman Returns", in which both used and unused archive footage of him as Jor-El from the first two Superman films was remastered for a scene in the Fortress of Solitude, and Brando's voice-overs were used throughout the film


Jack Larson - He and his co-star Noel Neill provided commentary on several "Adventures of Superman" episodes for the January 2006 DVD release of the 1953 season, and in 2006, he appears in Bryan Singer's film "Superman Returns" in a cameo role as "Bo the Bartender"; it was rumored prior to the film's release that his role would actually be Suicide Slum resident and Superman fan, Bibbo Bibbowski, a supporting character from the modern Superman comics


Doug Basham - At this time, he came out to the ring using the Superman theme before signing a new deal with WWE in April 2006


Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation - In June 2006, the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation launched a campaign to raise public awareness of the Reeve Foundation and its mission by selling Superman Tags


Michael Dougherty - The four forty-page comic book prequels were published by DC Comics throughout the month of June 2006 and bridged the gap between the second Superman film and Superman Returns


April 10, 2007 URN: etd-04172007-133407 add something


Bryan Singer - Attending the 2007 Saturn *awards along with "Superman Returns" writers Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris and producer Gil Adler, Singer stated that the story had been locked down, and the first draft would be completed near the end of 2007


Bryan Singer - Upon finishing "Valkyrie" at the end of 2007, Singer was scheduled to jump directly into the upcoming Superman sequel, which was to begin filming around March 2008


However, on July 27, 2007, the same court issued a ruling reversing the March 23, 2006 ruling add something


On March 26, 2008, Judge Larson of the United States District Court for the Central District of California ruled that Siegel's estate was entitled to claim a share in the United States copyright add something


The case was scheduled to be heard in a California federal court in May 2008 add something


Brandon Routh - In August 2008, Warner Bros. officially announced they intended to reboot the Superman franchise and take it in a "darker" direction due to the success of "The Dark Knight"


Brandon Routh - In 2009, however, Routh's contract to play Superman in another film expired, but he says he would like to return if given the chance


A July 9, 2009, verdict on the case denied a claim by Siegel's family that it was owed licensing fees add something


However, the court ruled that if Warner Bros. did not start a new Superman film by 2011, the family would have the right to sue to recover damages add something


In 2011, DC Comics again relaunched the Superman comics, along with the rest of the company's series add something


In 2011, DC Comics relaunched its entire line of comic books, including the "Superman" franchise, in order to make the characters more modern and accessible add something


Bill Collins (athlete) - After spending the 2011 season in a wheelchair, in early 2012 "Superman" came roaring back to set a new indoor world record in the M60 60 metres at the USA Indoor Masters Championships


Vic Armstrong - His memoir "My Life as Indiana Jones, James Bond, Superman and Other Action Heroes: The True Adventures of the World's Greatest Stuntman" which was published by Titan Books in early 2011


Diane Lane - In 2011, it was announced that Lane would play Martha Kent in Zack Snyder's Superman film, " Man of Steel", that will be released in theaters on June 14th, 2013.


Jor-El - In 2011's direct-to-video animated film "All-Star Superman", Jor-El and his wife Lara appear briefly in a flashback during the moment they sent their infant son Kal-El to Earth to survive Krypton's destruction


Superman placed first on IGN's Top 100 Comic Book Heroes in May 2011 add something


Laurence Fishburne - On August 2, 2011, it was announced that Fishburne had been cast in the role of Perry White in the Zack Snyder directed Superman reboot "Man of Steel"


Ayelet Zurer - In September 2011, Zurer was cast as Superman's mother in the reboot of the superman franchise, "Man of Steel", which is planned for release in 2013


Chad Fortune - It has been announced that Sean Duhon will take over the seat of Superman for 2012


Scott Snyder - It was announced at New York Comic Con 2012 that Snyder will be writing a new Superman ongoing series to be drawn by Jim Lee and published in 2013


As of 2013, ongoing publications that feature Superman on a regular basis are "Superman", "Action Comics" and "Justice League" add something


Boomerang (TV channel) - A portion of the library is licensed to The Hub as of 2013; this license includes the WB animated series produced in collaboration with Steven Spielberg on the 1990s , and most properties involving Batman and Superman


Kevin Costner - Costner will be playing the role of Superman's adoptive father, Jonathan Kent, in the 2013 film, "Man of Steel"


Henry Cavill - He has been cast as Superman in the 2013 film "Man of Steel"


Michael Rosenbaum - He is best known for portraying Lex Luthor on the Superman television series "Smallville", a role that "TV Guide" included in their 2013 list of The 60 Nastiest Villains of All Time


Russell Crowe - He is set to portray Superman's biological father Jor-El in the Christopher Nolan-produced Superman reboot, "Man of Steel", set to be released in the summer of 2013, and a gangster in the film adaptation of Mark Helprin's 1983 novel "Winter's Tale"


Richard Schiff - He will portray Dr. Emil Hamilton in Zack Snyder's 2013 Superman Reboot, Man of Steel


Jax-Ur - In the 2013 digital-first series "Justice League Beyond 2,0", taking place in the Batman Beyond Universe, Jax-Ur was revealed as the father of a young boy in the Phantom Zone who was using Kryptonian technology against an older Superman


Amy Adams - She plays Lois Lane in the 2013 Superman movie "Man of Steel"


Tim Daly - Tim Daly reprised his role as Superman in an animated remake of the trailer for the 2013 film "Man of Steel" by the hub network to celebrate the release of the film and to promote the network's upcoming marathon of Superman episodes


On January 10, 2013, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a 2001 agreement that the Siegel family had reached with DC Comics was still legally binding, thus quashing the 2008 decision in favor of the Siegels add something


Scott Snyder - The same month, DC published a Free Comic Book Day sneak preview of "Superman Unchained", an ongoing series written by Snyder and illustrated by Jim Lee, which was later published on June 12, 2013, and intended to coincide with the feature film "Man of Steel", which opened two days later


Diane Lane - In 2013, Lane played Martha Kent in Zack Snyder's Superman film "Man of Steel", released in theaters on June 14, 2013


Zack Snyder - Cavil will reprise his role as Superman and announced in August 2013 that Ben Affleck would play Batman


As of March 2015, it was announced Superman would be using a different outfit, consisting on a simple blue T-shirt with the 'S symbol', and regular jeans and tennis shoes, for Action Comics vol add something


A rematch was staged in July 2015, with Superman winning again add something


In June 2016, DC Comics relaunch its comic book titles with DC Rebirth add something


Cavill will reprise his role as Superman in the 2017 film "Justice League" add something


DC Comics ended the Rebirth branding in December 2017, opting to include everything under a larger "DC Universe" banner and naming add something


In March 2018, "Action Comics" sold just 52,503 copies add something